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Screening & Exhibition of Leslie Cheung—Hong Kong Icon
March 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Screening of Rouge (4K Restoration) & Exhibition of Leslie Cheung — Hong Kong Icon
March 25, 2023
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
at UBC Robson Square (map)
About the Event
The UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative, with the support of UBC Robson Square Connects, is proud to present the screening of the 4K digital restoration of Rouge 胭脂扣, a masterpiece by Hong Kong film auteur Stanley Kwan starring Cantopop megastars Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing and Anita Mui Yim-fong.
The screening will be accompanied by a special exhibition “Leslie Cheung—Hong Kong Icon” at the foyer outside of the theatre, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passing of the legendary Hong Kong actor, singer, and performer, Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing 張國榮, who resided in Vancouver from 1990 to 1992.
About the Film
Hong Kong | Directed by Stanley Kwan | 1987 | 2022 (4K Digital Restoration) | 96 minutes | Cantonese with English subtitles
Cantopop superstars Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing and Anita Mui Yim-fong display their iconic androgynous magnetism as doomed lovers in this emblematic film of Hong Kong’s Second New Wave, directed by pioneering queer melodrama master Stanley Kwan.
Rouge bridges past and present in its tragic romance between a humble courtesan (Anita Mui) and the wayward scion (Leslie Cheung) of a wealthy family, who embrace death by suicide pact amid the opulent teahouses of 1930s Hong Kong. Fifty years later, she returns to the city-state to find him, drawing a young contemporary couple (Alex Man Chi-leung and Emily Chu Bo-yee) into her quest to rekindle a passion that may be as illusory as time itself. With its lush mise-en-scène and transcendently melancholy mood, this sensuous ghost story is an exquisite, enduringly resonant elegy for both lost love and vanishing history.
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